Lynne Cheney has spent much of her professional life writing and speaking about the importance of knowing American history and teaching it well. As chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities from 1986 to 1993, she wrote and spoke about the importance of teaching children about the leaders, events, and ideas that have shaped our world, and she worked to provide opportunities for teachers to gain the in-depth knowledge that lies behind inspired instruction. Mrs. Cheney has worked to bring tales of the American past to a wide audience, writing articles about history for numerous publications on topics ranging from women's suffrage in the West to the way Americans celebrated the country's centennial. She has also turned her attention to children and their families, writing six bestselling history books for them, the most recent being We the People: The Story of Our Constitution (Simon & Schuster, 2008). She is currently working on an in-depth biography of James Madison, titled James Madison: A Life Reconsidered(Viking, 2014), which will be released on May 6, 2014.
Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1986-93
Editor, Washingtonian Magazine, 1983-86
Ph.D., 19th century British literature, University of Wisconsin
Standardized tests in the United States have made apparent that, despite spending more hours in the classroom, American students score lower than their international counterparts in science, math, and reading. These gaps exist across ethnic, racial, and economic classes. In his book The Knowledge Deficit (Houghton Mifflin, 2006), author E....
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AEI scholar and historian Walter Berns has spent his academic...